When thinking of a defining moment, most people think of happiness or a once in a lifetime type of scenery. My defining moment transpired August 2, 2007, this is the day my grandmother made her transition to her heavenly home. Many days I would relive this day and the moments leading up to her life transition. Although I wanted my grandmother to remain at her earthly home in my presence, God had an assignment for her in his heavenly home. So, I’m left with memories of her beautiful face, sweet voice, and everyday values that she instilled in me during my adolescent’s years.
In the year of 2004, my grandmother was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. My first thought was “My grandmother is going to die,” although, that was not the result I anticipated. It was merely a hasty thought that intersected my mind. Based on the information from the doctor, I wasn’t sure on the amount of time I would have left to share with my grandmother. During this time, I knew that I would have to cherish each moment to a greater magnitude. Oftentimes, daily events of life are taken for granted such as a telephone call or a simply “I love you” verbal statement. As I began to think about all the small things I had taken for granted, I realized I had a diminutive time to change my behavior. I promised my grandmother and myself that I would never leave her side, no matter the circumstances nor the time in which I had to sacrifice to remain in her presence.
Over the next several months, I noticed physical changes about my grandmother. She began to suffer from hair and weight loss as well as the color change of her skin. My mind began to intersect with thoughts of her dying from cancer. I decided negativity would no longer control my thoughts; I ...
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...nd I asked God to take away all the pain from my grandmother.
Hoping for more answers and better treatment, my mother transferred my grandmother to a hospital in Chicago, Illinois that specialized in treating cancer patients. The doctors at the hospital informed my family and I that my grandmother was prescribed inappropriate medication for treatment from the doctors in Mississippi. Before any major changes were made, just as a walking wind my grandmother flew away to her heavenly home. My heart felt as empty as a Willow Tree that shed its leaves in the Fall. Still today, my heart is similar to the glass that is half full. August 2, 2007, is the day I experienced my everlasting defining moment. My grandmother made her transition into her heavenly home. So, I’m left with only memories of my sweet grandmother and the values I display daily through her teachings.
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